Following a varicose vein treatment, it is vital to take care of your body as instructed by your caregiver. Doing this will not only help you feel better but also ensure that no issues arise from your recent treatment.
Varicose veins bulge and protrude from the surface of the skin. Sometimes, they are uncomfortable and lead to swelling of the legs. If unattended to, the problem vein can cause more serious issues, including leg ulcers and phlebitis (inflammation and swelling). Luckily, varicose veins can be treated successfully through endovenous ablation – a process that utilizes laser energy to heat and closes the saphenous vein in the leg.
The process is not only quick; it also allows the patient to resume their normal duties immediately. However, one is required to do a few things to ensure they recover correctly after the surgical process.
In this article, we will discuss how to take care of yourself after your endovenous ablation treatment and other post-treatment aspects that you need to know.
How long does it take to recover?
Endovenous ablation is a minimally invasive treatment for alleviating pain from varicose veins. Unlike other procedures that need larger cuts, it uses small incisions to prevent scarring. Endovenous ablation lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, after which the patient is discharged from the facility. But for a more severe condition, the patient may need to stay in the hospital, and after that, be under someone’s care for at least 24 hours. A majority of patients take about one to two weeks to recover fully after the procedure.
What to do after the treatment
Taking care of the treated area
After the procedure, the dressing has to stay intact for the next 24 to 48 hours. A little bleeding during this time is normal. However, one should be watchful of any vein ablation side effects.
It is also okay to shower, provided the water isn’t too hot. Taking a bath or swimming in public pools is highly discouraged until the wound completely heals
One should wear their compression stocking for three or more days, removing them only for sleeping or showering
Avoid sitting or standing for extended periods. If there is bleeding, then one should elevate their leg and put pressure on the wound.
Doctors discourage strenuous activities including heavy lifting and exercises for at least two weeks after the surgery. However, this doesn’t mean that one should stay inactive. Regular walking routine enhances the overall circulation and prevents clots. And this doesn’t have to be a long distance – a few hundred meters three times every day will go a long way.
One should arrange for a follow-up ultrasound with their doctor within 24- 72 hours following the surgery to establish whether the process was a success or not. It is also possible to see some side effects during this time (but will clear off within no time). About 1 in 15 patients experience a recurrence of varicose veins within a decade after surgery. To prevent this, one should try to maintain a healthy weight, wear light support socks and exercise.